Children: Just Smaller Human Beings

One of the things I’ve always been proud of as a parent is my ability to relate to my children.

I’m not suggesting that I have it down to an art. And my children and I certainly have our share of clashes. But there is, and always has been, an underlying level of respect for one another that prevents outright war from ensuing.

The mutual respect we share has developed because of a fundamental belief I hold...


Cultivating Healthy ‘Bad’ Habits

Is there such a thing as a healthy vice? I believe so. 

And no, this is not just a huge rationalization, though there may be a touch of personal justification colouring my view on the topic.

But here’s the thing: when you live in a country where the winters are long, cold and dark, things can get a little bleak. They call it Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I prefer Serious Attitude Disturbance. We’re in the...


Unleash Your Creativity With a Beginner’s Mind

Watch a group of children while they are engaged in creative play, and you’ll see a beginner’s mind in action. 

Children make all sorts of unexpected and abstract connections between the familiar, and the new and unknown. As a result, they achieve remarkable possibilities and creative solutions that most adults simply wouldn’t see. Why? Because by the time we reach adulthood, we’ve got the ‘right way to do things’ imprinted in our minds for just about...


Lose Weight With Mindful Eating

The grapefruit diet. Skipping meals. Low-carb eating. Meal replacements. Slashing calories. 

If you’re struggling to lose some excess weight, it’s likely you’ve tried at least a few of these options when it comes to your diet. And if you’re like many people, you may have had some initial success, but then you hit a plateau or fall off the wagon and gain the weight back again.

The problem with restricted diet plans...


Your Unknown Needs Could Change Your Life

For an idea to catch on, it must reflect a clear, if unarticulated, societal longing. 

Wolfgang Blau, President @Conde Nast International
I haven't quoted Wolfgang Blau verbatim here but this is how his remark landed with me. Wolfgang was speaking in the context of business and the complexity of search engines at the international level. I'm attending Yoastcon in Nijmegen, Netherlands. It's a...


7 Health Benefits of Laughter

We all know how great it feels to have a real belly laugh, one of those episodes when you laugh so hard you can hardly breathe, and your stomach aches with the effort. 

Laughing together is a great way to build bonds and feel closer to one another, and a genuine laugh or giggle-fit can make even the most dire of situations a little easier to manage. Laughter enhances teamwork, diffuses conflicts, and strengthens relationships.



Reinventing Valentine’s Day

Did you just groan? 

I couldn’t hear you over the thousands of other grumbles and murmurs of objection to the mere mention of the event. And I don’t blame you.

We are beings of free will, and we value our autonomy, just as we should. Having a massive commercially driven engine telling us that we must buy the objects of our affection cheesy greeting cards, chocolate, flowers and teddy bears in order to...


Is It Really Loneliness?

All of us feel the sharp pangs of loneliness from time to time. 

It’s a heavy, aching sensation often tinged with sadness or fear, and in complete contrast to the peace and contentment we feel when we are enjoying chosen solitude and time alone. 

Though loneliness can hit us even when we are surrounded by a sea of people, it does seem to make its unwanted appearance most often when we are alone or otherwise...


Turning Trauma Into Strength

Most of us have or will experience trauma at some point in our lives.

Whether it comes in the form of a personal upheaval - such as a serious injury or illness, victimhood at the hands of another, job loss, or the loss of a loved one - or through witnessing a traumatic event experienced by others, trauma is likely to have a profound and lasting effect on us. 

By now, we are all familiar with...


Does Getting Married Make Sense Anymore?

It would seem marriage has become a relic of sorts.

The downward trend in new marriages, along with the matching upward trend in divorce rates has left many people disillusioned and wary about the institution of marriage, particularly perhaps the younger generations. Fewer and fewer couples are going the route of marriage, opting instead for less traditional options.

Once Upon A Time…

Marriage at one time made a great deal of sense from a socio-economic point of view:...